Bogus water board official hunted

DETECTIVES have issued an e-fit of a bogus caller who pretended to be from the water board before stealing cash from a village property.

Dave Gooderham

DETECTIVES have issued an e-fit of a bogus caller who pretended to be from the water board before stealing cash from a village property.

A female homeowner in Elmswell, near Bury St Edmunds, allowed the man into the property after he claimed that neighbours were having problems with their water supply.

After a short while, the man left after a “light tap” was heard at the front door with the victim later finding that a purse had been stolen.


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Police investigating the crime which took place in Thedwastre Close on January 9 at about 3pm, have issued an e-fit of the man wanted in connection with the incident and a description.

A spokesman for Suffolk police said: “A male offender knocked on the front door of a property in Thedwastre Close in Elmswell. “The owner of the property answered the door at which point the offender stated he needed to run her tap as her neighbours were having problems with their water supply.

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“The offender was allowed into the property. A short time later a light tap was heard at the door and the offender said that he had to go, but would return in 20 minutes. A purse containing some cash was stolen during the incident.”

The man has been described as white, 30 to 35 years old, 5ft 8ins tall, with black curly hair. He was wearing a three-quarter length black jacket, with a possible scarf worn around the neck, and black shoes.

Anyone with information about this incident should contact DC Petrina Webb at Stowmarket CID on 01473 613500 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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